The Lions Club of Austinmer was formed on the 28th May 1959, by an invitation from Wollongong Lions Club. The Charter Dinner was held on 26th September 1959 at the Thirroul Rex Hotel and was attended by over 250 guests.  The first working committee consisted of the following:

President: Hamie Frew
Secretary: Ern Curtis (Life Member and current member)
Treasurer: Horrie Ford
1st Vice President: George Sorrell
2nd Vice President: Joe Hopkins
3rd Vice President: Ron Marsh
2 Year Directors: Jack Douglas Don King
1 Year Directors Dave Greenhalgh Don McKinnon
Tail Twister: Kevin Grew
Lion Tamer: Ric Turner

Other foundation members were Messrs: George Adams, George Bruhn, Fred Brown, Bill Brown
Laurie Carlon, Tom Elkington, Bill Glossop, Barry Husbands (Life Member and current Member),Charles Matterson, Vince O’Connell, Lyle Ryan, Reg Ryan (Life Member and current member), Blue Sharman, Jimmy Stewart, Bryan Swan, Edgar Way,Harry Wheeler, Evan Whittaker.

In 2000 the name changed to Austinmer/Thirroul Lions Club to reflect the broader community base that had existed and been served over a number of years. 

On 12th September 2009 the Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary at an Anniversary Luncheon held at the Thirroul Bowling Leagues and Recreation Club attended by 120 Lions and guests.                 


The Club's geographic area is from the foot of Bulli Pass north to the town of Clifton. Our area is squeezed between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Illawarra Range to the west with road access from the north via the iconic Seacliff Bridge at Coalcliff and Lawrence Hargrave Drive in the south.

The central Business district of Wollongong is situated approximately 10 klms to the south.  Sydney is situated approximately 60 kms to the north.

There are no High Schools in the area but there are five Primary Schools, Thirroul and Coledale Rehabilitation Hospitals, a number of Surf Life Saving Clubs and Scout Troops and various other Community Organisations.

The Club  is involved in fund raising for activities and projects outside of its geographic area of the Illawarra Northern Suburbs.

Over $1.2m ($A) has been estimated to been raised and distributed over these 50 years.  In excess of 75,000 person hours have been donated by Lions and Lions Ladies and volunteers to community activities and fund raising projects.  In 2008/9 alone, over $40,000 was distributed and 750 volunteer hours contributed.  

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